My Family Story: Decades of Tree Removal and Other History

October 16, 2015 by GOS | No Comments | Filed in Genealogy, My Genealogy

Since launching Generations of Stories, I have grown much more interest in learning about my own family history. I haven’t gotten too far back just yet, but from what I have already had prepared, I have certainly learned a lot about where I come from.

One of the most memorable things I have learned about my family history thus far is that back in the early-mid 1900’s, some of my great uncles started the first tree service in a small town outside of Nashville, which is totally amazing considering that it’s still alive and kicking to this day. One of my other uncles run the tree removal service still, the only difference being that it’s location has moved to Nashville.

That just totally blew my mind. Who knew that a company could be around for so many decades. Wow- the power of genealogy.

For the time being, I have only been able to locate information about my family history that dates back to the early part of the 20th century, and at that it’s still be a little fuzzy. I had just thought that the tree removal part of my history was amazing and impacting, which is why I wanted to share the information here on Generations of Stories.

I found out that a few generation of aunts that I had also helped out with this tree service company to help it into what it became in the early 50’s and 60’s, but that doesn’t exactly go back very far, and is information that I could have probably acquired from my parents. The only thing my parents had told me about the tree service was that many family members were against in since the start because they thought it was too much of an unreasonable risk. From that, I have learned that risks can be a very good thing seeing as the tree company is still in business to this day.

Apparently, I have a very large family, which probably explains why we are still so large in number today.

I had many cousins, aunts, and uncles that had many children of their own, which now have many of their own, which is how we got to so many family members to this day.

It’s so crazy to learn more about your family roots.

I know that my family history hasn’t been incredibly exciting up until now, but I hope to report back soon with some more detailed information.

Cemeteries Tell Stories Too

September 3, 2015 by GOS | No Comments | Filed in Genealogy

Family members may have passed away and even though they can’t physically speak about their pasts, their grave headstones can sometimes keep the story going.

In a book by Douglas Keister called Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, he discusses what the figures and symbols that you see on headstones means, including abbreviations.

If you are into the study of genealogy or just looking for some answers to your family’s past, this book is highly recommended.

Check it out today!

Genealogy: Best Ways to Find Your Family History

September 2, 2015 by GOS | No Comments | Filed in Genealogy

Genealogy is something that many people would love to learn more about in their lifetimes, which is much easier these days with the advancements in modern technology.

There have been many ways in the past for genealogists to help people learn more about their ancestors and full-on family history, but in today’s world we can do this ourselves with the click of a few buttons on websites like, for a price of course.

But wouldn’t that cost be worth it? I don’t know many people that aren’t interested in learning more about where they come from and who their ancestors were. This has been found to help people learn more about themselves, and is a great key to knowing why you are where you are today.

Genealogy can teach us things about ourselves that otherwise we may have never known, unless you have a family that has kept up with decades of documentations, that could even be in the form of a “family bible,” which is pretty cool, don’t you think?

Turns out, there are many types of documents that genealogists turn to in order to get a better idea of a person’s family history such as:

  • Photographs
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Oral Histories
  • Medical Records
  • Poorhouse, Workhouse, and Asylum Records
  • Hereditary & Lineage Organization Records
  • Diaries, Personal Letters, & Family Bibles
  • School & Alumni Association Letters
  • City Directories
  • Court & Civil Records
  • Etc, etc, etc

Now you may have a better idea of why it can take so long to put all of this information together, and may be worth the cost of a membership site such as or one of the many other ones they have come up with lately. I’ve sure seen why.

If you are looking to dive deeper into your family history yourself, I suggest taking a look at one or even a couple of these resources.

Hello & Welcome to Generation of Stories

August 29, 2015 by GOS | No Comments | Filed in Genealogy

Welcome to Generations of Stories – the site that discusses how much of an impact earlier generations, such as those of our parents and grandparents, have made such an impact on us as we were growing up – and not just by genealogy. This can obviously be a good or bad thing, depending on a person’s life situation.

No matter how much we like or don’t like our families, the make us who we are, and not just with DNA. The actions and behaviors of our family members that helped in raising us have also sculpted us into the very beings we are today, unless of course this has been recognized and changed.

It’s amazing how much we can actually turn out like the generations of family members before us, and not just through looks. In some cases, people do actually become their parents.

Here at GOS, we always recommend that individuals study their family history these days if they want to know where they originate from. With ample technology at our side nowadays like, it’s much easier to know where you come from than it would have been even a decade ago. For those of us that love to come across new things in our closet of family history, these tools have truly been a blessing.